By Alberto Orihuela
The WSA Arsenal U16 Boys Premier soccer team had a very successful run in the Virginia Mason WA Youth Soccer Challenge Cup, finishing as champions on February 10 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA. They will move on to represent Washington in the Presidents Cup Region IV tournament in Boise Idaho in June.
The team advanced to the Finals by beating Harbor Premier B96 by a score of 1-0 on Saturday February 9 in the semi-finals. Riley Brannon scored the lone goal following up on his blocked shot by Harbor’s keeper.
On Sunday, WSA Arsenal beat Crossfire Premier for the championship — with goals from Ben Klave, Carlos Bravo, and Dmitriy Tkachenko. Ben opened the score line to take the 1 lead. Crossfire equalized a short time later and the half finished 1-1. Carlos Bravo scored 2 goals in the second half as Arsenal took control. Dmitriy finished off a cross with a header in the final minute of the game to win the championship with a score of 4-1.”
“The club is very proud of this team’s accomplishments, both in winning a state championship but also for all of their hard work the past 3 years, moving from the RCL Division 4 to now playing in D2,” said Gary Osterhage, CWSA Director of Coaching.
Players named to the Golazo Best 11 Players for the U16 Challenge Cup from the Arsenal team are: Dmitriy Tkachenko, Riley Brannon, Carlos Bravo and Jeremiah “JJ” Guo.
Who’s in the photo? Top Row, left to right: Coach Eder Barajas, Emahn Hajarizadeh, Oscar Avalos, Dmitriy Tkachenko, Oscar Perez, Riley Brannon, Lucas Ulmer, Jurgen Hartung, Manager Alberto Orihuela.
Bottom Row, left to right: Carlos Bravo, Abdulkader El-Hoot, Taylor Hill, Jakob Cavin, Josh Stoller, Kobi Orihuela, Benjamin Klave, Jeremiah “JJ” Guo.